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April 2011 Headline Image
In This Issue
Essex Heritage Annual Spring Meeting
Endecott Pear Tree Evening Celebration
Essex Heritage Hero Award Dinner!
Along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Quality of Life Study
Superintendent Trap Recognized
Essex Heritage Staff Update
Thank you New Corporate Members!

Essex Heritage Events

Dogtown Common Sign in Gloucester, MA
Walk the Trails of Dogtown

Dogtown Road
Gloucester, MA 01930
This favorite Essex Heritage event is offered once again! Join

Mark Carlotto and Seania

McCarthy as they lead us on an exploration of Dogtown! Seania, tour guide for Walk the Words (a tour offered daily of Dogtown and the Babson Word Rocks) and Mark, author of The Dogtown Guide, have led many walks into Dogtown. This Cape Ann colonial-era settlement has been abandoned since the 1830s and today offers many stories as well as miles of trails that traverse approximatley 3,600 acres! As we stroll through this landscape, Mark and Seania will share what they have uncovered from meticulous explorations of this fascinating place, connecting the history of human settlement with the natural forces that have shaped Cape Ann. Register or find out more

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Volunteers Needed
2011 Annual Parker River Fish Count!
Central Street Dam
Parker River
Byfield, MA
Participate in the 2011 Annual Parker River Fish Count of migrating alewife herring sponsored by the Parker River Clean Water Association. Each spring the alewife herring migrate upstream from the ocean to spawn in fresh water. Volunteers count returning herring at the fish ladder. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3 - they will show you what to do! Even one hour of one day a week is helpful. Find out more email or call 978-462-2511.

George Peabody House Museum Art in the Storefronts

April 2011

Peabody Institute

82 Main Street

Peabody, MA

Find out more.


Methuen Rail Trail
Alliance Meeting
Tuesday, April 12, 7:00pm
Nevins Memorial Library
305 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844
Find out more

Mapping Leather:
A Look at Peabody's Industrial Past
Thursday, April 14
5:00-7:00 PM
The Peabody Leatherworkers Museum
205 Washington Street
Peabody, MA
Opening reception for the museum's newest project. Jeffrey Pearlman, professor at Salem State University will present the project, and lecture on geography's effect on our leather industry. This event is FREE. Call (978) 531-0355 or find out more.  

Marine Art Contest

Hey teachers and parents: The annual marine art contest for grades k-12, sponsored by the Massachusetts Marine Educators, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and four other groups, is now open! Get your kids involved, find out more


Salisbury Coastal Trails Annual 5K Race
Sunday, May 1, 9:00 AM

Friedenfels Road
Salisbury, MA 01952
Salisbury Coastal Trails together with the Salisbury Parks and Recreation Commission are hosting the 2nd annual 5K race on the Old Eastern Marsh (Rail) Trail. The trail is beautiful and the run will be easy. Sign up here.   

Slow Bike Race
Sunday, May 1 10:30AM
Cashman Park
Newburyport, MA
How slow can you go? The Coastal Trails Coalition is pleased to announce that the first annual Slow Bike Race. Last one across the finish line wins the race, a fundraiser for the Coalition and Newburyport Rail Trails. Race begins at 11:30 am, registration at 10:30. To pre-register or volunteer, email or visit Find out more.


Nominations Sought!
DEADLINE May 2, 2011
Nominations of historic preservation projects in the city of Newburyport are sought for the 5th Newburyport Preservation Trust's Annual Preservation Awards. The goal of the awards program is to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions toward protecting and preserving Newburyport's historic character and building heritage. Find out more

NEDCC Spring Workshops

Preparing and Mounting Materials for Exhibition
May 3, 2011
Introduction to safe methods of exhibiting books, manuscripts, and documents. Hands-on activities include mounting paper items in mats and making book cradles. Instructed by Donia Conn. Find out more about this and other upcoming workshops.


The Wise Woman's Pantry: The Wife as Family Doctor
in Colonial Newbury
Thursday, May 26, 6:30PM
Historical Society
of Old Newbury

98 High Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
Featuring herbalist Eva Jackman $15. Find out more


Summer Adventure Program 2011
Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center, 10 Jeffrey's Neck Rd., Ipswich, MA 01938
'Simply Keep it Local' (SKIL) Story Weavers Summer Adventure Program 2011 For Children ages 8 - 12 in four differently-themed consecutive weeks from July 11- Aug 5; designed to help children think about living locally and conserving the earth's resources. Enroll for one week or enroll for all. No two weeks will be exactly alike. For more info download a pdf, email, call (978) 356-4288;or click here

Quick Links
Join Us at Our Annual Spring Meeting!

Tuesday, April 12, 8:00-10:00 AM

Shalin Liu Performance Center

37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

Click here for directions and parking info. 

Photo by
Robert Benson

Join us for a morning of engagement! Participate in this FREE, valuable networking opportunity that will further connect you with the work of Essex Heritage and our partners.

The agenda will include the introduction to new Commissioners
and updates on Essex Heritage activities and initiatives. RSVP to Emily or call 978-740-0444. Find out more.
Celebration of the Endecott Pear Tree
Endecott Pear Tree courtesy of is still time to register for the first in a series of lectures that we are bringing to the North Shore! Essex Heritage, in collaboration with Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care and the Danvers Historical Society will present a lecture on, and visit to, the Endecott Pear Tree - the oldest living planted fruit tree in North America.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 13 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Mass General/North Shore facility located at 102 Endicott Street in Danvers. Tickets are available online.

The pear-focused evening will feature a walking tour of the Endecott Pear Tree, pear-themed refreshments and a lecture about the history of the tree and efforts to preserve it. Welcoming remarks will be made by Robert Norton, President and CEO of North Shore Medical Center, and David Torchiana, M.D., Chairman and CEO, Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. Lecturers will be Anthony Patton, M.D., Danvers Historical Society, and Emeritus Member, NSMC Medical Staff, and Karen Krag, M.D., Medical Oncologist, Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center. For more information or to purchase tickets click here.
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Award Dinner

Plans are shaping up for our 2011 Heritage Hero Award Dinner - an event you do not want to miss! Join us as we celebrate the achievements of our inspiring 2011 Essex Heritage Heroes: Dr. Wayne Burton, Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Mr. Wayne Marquis. Brian Cranney will serve as Master of Ceremonies for this fun-filled evening.

All proceeds will benefit Essex Heritage programs which preserve and promote the historical, cultural, and natural resources in the 34 cities and towns of Essex County. Tickets are now available online!

There is still time to sponsor! The advertising deadline is April 22! Find out more about sponsorship opportunities here (pdf).

Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor: Danversbank; Banner Sponsors: Eastern Bank, Salem Five, and Saugusbank; Lead Sponsor: North Shore Community College, as well as our table sponsors: The Hawthorne Hotel, Hunts Photo & Video, Peabody Essex Museum and The Provident Bank

Along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Find  us on Facebook
The 85-mile coastal route from Lynn to Newburyport

Byway Celebration Planned
Following a two-year planning process, municipal officials, regional stakeholders, and citizen-planners will celebrate completion of the byway's Corridor Management Plan at the Essex Heritage Annual Spring Meeting on Tuesday, April 12 at the fabulous new Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. For more information about the annual meeting, read below or
click here.


Gold Coast Exhibit

A new exhibit at Endicott College highlights several of the prominent late 19th century Boston families who helped turn Beverly into an important summer resort. For more information, go here. 


Plum Island Airport Exhibit

Check out this online exhibition about the history of Plum Island Airport located on the byway in Newbury. The exhibition was created for Historic New England by a graduate student. Find out more


Participate in Quality of Life Study

Salem State University's Center for Economic Development and Sustainability (CEDS) is conducting Phase II of a regional survey seeking to define the "quality of life" on the North Shore and measure its economic value. Why does Essex Heritage think that this is important? A majority of the people who live and/or work in Essex County cite the quality of life as their primary reason for locating on the North Shore. Please participate in the study by completing a short survey here.    

Superintendent Trap Recognized!

Superintendent Patty Trap, Salem Maritime

Patricia Trap, Superintendent of the Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites, was selected as the 2011 Northeast Region's Superintendent of the Year for Natural Resource Stewardship. Her role in integrating natural resource stewardship and science into the planning and operations of Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site reflects her ability to include others in efforts to protect park resources, and her talent for instilling a shared vision amongst her National Park Service staff. Her leadership was instrumental in the Saugus Iron Works Turning Basin waterfront and tidal marsh restoration project, which was completed in 2010.

Essex Heritage Staff Update

Essex Heritage is pleased to announce the appointment of Deb Payson as Director of Marketing and Development for the Essex National Heritage Commission.  In this role, Deb will be responsible for the areas of donor relations, marketing, communications and community outreach.  Deb will also continue to oversee the formulation and implementation of strategies related to donor recruitment.

Deb holds a B.A. from Colgate University and a M.S.P.A. from the John W. McCormack Institute of Public Affairs.  Deb was most recently a marketing and PR consultant, and prior to that she was in the Public Affairs department at NSMC Salem Hospital.  She also spent time at the Massachusetts Hospital Association directing their statewide grassroots mobilization efforts.  She began her career as a legislative assistant in Congress working for both the Senate and the House. She currently sits on the Marblehead Conservation Commission. Deb can be reached via email

Thank you New Corporate Members!

Essex Heritage MembersThis month Essex Heritage would like to extend special thanks to North Shore Community College,  who joined Essex Heritage as a Supporter Circle member. Thank you!


Your Essex Heritage Membership helps to support programs that enhance, preserve and promote the unique historic, cultural and natural resources within the Essex National Heritage Area. If you are thinking about supporting Essex Heritage, it is always a good time to join! To view all corporate members and learn about business, family or personal membership opportunities, and upcoming events please visit our membership page

Thank You Mary Williamson!
Mary Williamson Essex Heritage would like to express a fond farewell and many thanks to Mary Williamson, former Essex Heritage Director of Marketing and Development. Mary's tenure at Essex Heritage began in 2004, and we are grateful for her hard work and commitment. We wish her continued success in all future endeavors and look forward to connecting with her in her new position as director of community engagement at Essex County Greenbelt Association.
Special Thanks to
New Corporate Members!

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News from the Essex National Heritage Area is a monthly electronic newsletter for members, non members and site partners of Essex Heritage. Our mission is to raise the visibility of the Essex National Heritage Area and all its historical, cultural and natural resources, and promote our ongoing activities. Articles that are 150 words or less and fit the editorial scope of our newsletter may be submitted to Essex Heritage for publication. We reserve the right to select an article or portion of an article whose content is found appropriate and edit it for publication.